Rarst created a fun little word cloud that showcases the frequency various words are used in the names of WordPress plugins in the official WordPress repository. Here is the full size image as well. He’s kindly let us post it here for your viewing pleasure.
Scott Taylor posted a very detailed write up about understanding MySQL in WordPress. Something I personally think every single WordPress developer – be it plugins or themes – ought to have a deep understanding of. Not just know of it’s existence. In Scott’s words:
You would be surprised how many people I have interviewed for a job that think their PHP chops are great, but their MySQL, not so much. Many great WordPress developers I know have said the same thing. Not cool. Bad SQL can bring down your site! Forget crazy scaling challenges, basic WP Query usage can bring your site down if you aren’t careful. WordPress is a framework that provides you with a lot out of the box, but you are still going to end up writing a bunch of your own PHP to make it work the way you want. The same should be true, but often isn’t, for SQL queries.
So what happens if you mix WordPress with Eminem lyrics featuring Dre? No, not that Dre, this Dre. This has to be the best WordPress rap ever. By possibly by the best Dre there is.
Happy New Year! Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! Feliz año nuevo a todos! Folle lok en seine! Bonne année à vous tous! Feliz Ano Novo! честита нова година!
Wysija Newsletters is hiring its first employee to help out with their support forums and some coding. Wysija is a newsletter plugin which has been downloaded over a hundred thousand times on the WordPress repository. It’s run by an awesome team of four guys from across Europe, all of whom we had the pleasure of hanging out with at WordCamp Lisbon.
If you’re a WordPress expert and would like to be the first employee of a growing business with a fun and smart team, you should take a look. From my perspective, I just love to see fledgling WordPress businesses start to grow.
You may have noticed that WordPress 3.5 beta has been released and with it came a brand spanking new default theme named Twenty Twelve. Personally I am a big fan of Twenty Twelve, I could never get used to Twenty Ten, and love how that theme is set up. If you have not yet found the time to set up a beta installation on your
live site local machine and played with Twenty Twelve in depth, than definitely check out Konstatin’s post first. He explains at great length what Twenty Twelve can teach you as Theme Developer.
When introducing WordPress to my students, there’s a lot of confusion about themes. I’ve also come across this on the WordPress support forums. Beginners just don’t know which theme to start with or which one will be best for their project.
With so many themes to choose from, it’s easy to understand. Knowing which theme is perfect for you depends on your level of expertise, your project and budget. This might seem a bit strange, but deciding on which theme to use is very similar to choosing where to go on holiday. Keep reading »